As the number one city in the United States for sex trafficking, Atlanta is home to a staggering 12,400 transactions each month. The House of Cherith serves as a safe and refreshing home for victims of sex exploitation and trafficking.
Our Sex Trafficking Problem
Sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world. According to a federally-funded study from the Urban Institute, Atlanta has been named the “Sex Trafficking Capital of the United States,” where an estimated 12,400 transactions happen each month. In this heinous market, young boys and girls – typically between the ages of 11 and 14 – are sold into a life of sexual abuse in the name of big profits.
The Urban Institute study concluded that:
- Atlanta was home to a staggering $290 million spent on sex trafficking, while the next closest city was Miami at $235 million.
- The majority of pimps in Atlanta reported controlling 4 or 5 women.
- Atlanta’s pimps reported making $25,000 each week in 2003, but this number skyrocketed in 2007 to almost $33,000 each week. Denver pimps reported making $31,000 a week, while Miami pimps reported $17,000.
- The majority of pimps charge by time, not the sex act. Atlanta’s average is anywhere from $50 to $1,000 every hour.
Our Sex Trafficking Solution
House of Cherith serves as a safe and refreshing home for victims of sex exploitation and trafficking. The goal of House of Cherith is to provide women with the opportunity for rescue, restoration, and a chance to start a new life.
The House of Cherith Safe-House is designed as a 30-day program for rescue victims who are then placed in long-term programs around the country. While we have several goals for the Safe-House, some of our key outcomes are:
- Allow victims to stay at City of Refuge for up to 30 days
- Transfer victims to a long-term care facility that offers restorative care, job training and life skills development
- Minimize the number of women who return to the sex trafficking lifestyle